The forty-foot tall Baba, Airloom, healing hard in a puff of wind.
Kowloon, other boats, win in Ballard Cup sailing race
Race two of the third Ballard Cup series was completed last Monday evening, July 30. Six different fleets, amounting to fifty-two boats made Shilshole Bay a frenzy of sails and shouts.
Aboard the Kowloon, a thirty-foot Olson 911, Captain Ken Chin and his crew of thirteen adapted to the conditions and took first in their class, beating Wood’N’Wind.
Members of the Kowloon crew along with Chin were Tammy Walker, Mikki and Chon Pieruccioni, Barry Cade, Adam Hauck, Ashley Krzeszoski, Charley Rathkopf and his 6 ½ year old son Arden, Dan Smith and Stefan Bittner.
Other victories in each fleet went to Water Street, Rock Lobster, Three Ring Circus, Moonshine, and Delirium.
The wind in Shilshole bay undulated regularly, and northerly puffs twelve to fifteen knots blasted boats throughout the race. However, at times in the race sails went from taut to dead in the water in seconds.
“You look at some of the weather sites and you have an idea of what to expect but the truth is you never know, its always changing,” said Chin.
This season offers plenty more racing into the fall. There are just three more races in the Ballard Cup, which occur Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Shilshole Bay.
Later this week the third annual Down the Sound regatta, part of the Triple Sound Series, will be held August 4 and 5. Down the Sound is a one and two-handed (a crew size of one or two people) race from Shilshole bay to Gig Harbor on Saturday and back to Shilshole Bay on Sunday. The course length is 22.67 nautical miles one way, and teams are judged by time and distance.
For more race result details or race schedules check out http://www.styc.org/.